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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville. A math instructor is being added to Montabella’s team, while science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes are being offered in the Tri County and Vestaburg districts.

Fresh Start Fitness co-owners Chris Reisner, left, and Casey Kubiak see a bright future for their recently opened fitness club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

BUSINESS BEAT: New fitness center up and running in downtown Greenville

Area couch potatoes looking to get a fresh start on a lean, healthy lifestyle now have a new choice, thanks to Fresh Start Fitness, 406 S. Lafayette. St., which will host its grand opening Sept. 1. According to co-owner Casey Kubiak, the fitness center offers the latest and greatest in workout equipment, convenience and personal training.

This city of Greenville has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) which will allow the city to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two Greenville transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage. Pictured, from left, are Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to use grant funds for transit garage fix

This city has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which will allow Greenville to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage.

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Large crowds come out to enjoy 50th annual Grand Dansk Parade

With the sun high overhead and the smell of fine Danish cuisine in the air, thousands lined Cass Street in downtown Greenville on Saturday morning as the 50th Danish Festival’s main attraction made its way past awe-inspired children and their families.

With more than 100 entries, the Grand Dansk Parade was more than an hour-long event featuring floats, bands, cars and even a few superheros.

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50th annual Danish Festival attracts people from hundreds of miles away

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author most remembered by his fairy tale stories. This year’s Danish Festival’s children’s activities, named after the famed author, fit the bill.
With face painting, arts and crafts, a clown, balloons, Legos and even bounce houses, the Hans Christian Andersen children’s events at Tower Riverside Park was a fairy tale scene all its own on Friday.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, right, leads Nels Hansen and a chorus of singers in a rendition of the Danish National Anthem at the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening in Heritage Park. About 100 well-wishers turned out to watch the festivities get underway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Danish visitor helps kick off 50th Danish Festival in Greenville

Danish Festival 2014 got off to a good start Thursday evening at Heritage Park with the traditional opening ceremonies. The event featured The Danish Festival Band, many local dignitaries, the Danish Festival Queen and Court and even a representative from Greenville’s Danish sister city, Skælskør.

The 2014 Danish Festival queen and court are, front row from left, Prince Ethan DeKraker, Queen Lauren Walsh and Princess Addison Kemp; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann, Young Miss Mollie Rodenhouse; Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Brianna Van Houten; Junior Miss Danish Festival Olivia Youmans and Junior Miss First Runner-up Amber Zimmerman. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Walsh wins Miss Danish in her first-ever pageant

When Lauren Walsh was on stage at the Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant, she said it didn’t feel like a competition. In her very first pageant, Walsh, 17, looked very at ease Saturday night at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center stage as she and three other young women competed for the title of Miss Danish Festival 2014.

The Greenville Area Car show started 10 years ago as a way to attract people to and show off the city’s downtown. Since then it has quadrupled in size, bringing in car enthusiasts from all across the area. — Courtesy photo

Annual downtown Greenville car show continues to grow

When the Greenville Area Car Show held its first event 10 years ago, it was lucky if it had 50 cars line the streets. A decade later, the show has quadrupled in size and draws car enthusiasts from throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

Area organizations are teaming up to provide students in need with back-to-school supplies like the ones pictured above. Coined Operation School Supplies, the program accepts donated school supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Operation School Supplies going strong in fourth year

Believe it or not, another school year is just around the corner and area organizations are teaming up to provide local students in need with back-to-school supplies. The Operation School Supplies program accepts donated supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools.

The Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville recently underwent a $1.7 million renovation. On Monday, the armory held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the 22,000-square-foot building. Assisting in the ceremony were Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuileit and representatives from the offices of  U.S. Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville’s National Guard Armory unveils $1.7 million in improvements

Built in 1964, the Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville building has stood relatively untouched for the past 50 years. The armory, which houses the 1073rd Maintenance Company, recently underwent a much needed renovation, receiving a $1.7-million facelift.